How to Grow Grass with Eucalyptus Trees

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To grow grass near a eucalyptus tree, allow 5 feet to 10 feet of space around the tree, use plenty of compost or potting soil and put down grass seed every spring and fall. Eucalyptus oil is deadly to grass, so growing it near a eucalyptus tree is... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment I'm going to talk about how to grow grass with eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus is one of my favorite plants and it smells so good, and it's used for so many medicinal reasons. And it's a great plant. It's from Australia originally, but does well in almost any climate. Now you want to plant them in full hot sun so if I were to plant them in my yard here, it would love it and would thrive. But they grow quickly. Within ten years, if I planted this right now, I would have a huge tree. And underneath it, the grass probably wouldn't be growing very well because it would be very shady and the oil that drops from the leaves is really devastating to grass. It kills it right away. So the only way to grow grass near a eucalyptus tree is by adding compost every spring and fall around the tree and watching never to touch the base of the tree or on top of the roots, that are nearest to the three, if they're sticking out of the ground, always give them the oxygen. And give a little bit of a base right around the front - or the bottom of the tree. But if you go out five to ten feet from that tree, put quite a bit of compost or potting soil down and a lot of grass seed down every spring and fall, you can grow grass under a eucalyptus tree.